File:Booker-piperlineup.JPG|thumb|upright=1.14|Piper Cherokees of the British Airways flying club at Booker Airfield, the United Kingdom.
A '''flying club''' or '''aero club''' is a non-profit organization|not-for-profit
, member-run organization that provides its members with affordable access to aircraft.
Many clubs also provide flight training
, flight planning
facilities, pilot supplies and associated services, as well as organizing social functions, fly-ins and fly-outs to other airports and so forth. While flying clubs are home to those who pursue flying as a hobby, many commercial pilots also get their start at flying clubs.
Most flying clubs own and rent small general aviation
aircraft. In North America and Europe the most popular such aircraft are the Cessna 152
, the Cessna 172
, and the Piper Cherokee
. However some clubs also exist to provide access to...